Knowledge management in Brazil: What governance mechanisms are needed to boost innovation?

Guillermo Antonio Dávila, Tatiana Andreeva, Gregório Varvakis

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The need to innovate is relevant to many firms around the globe and is particularly pressing for those in emerging markets. They face global competition, are under-resourced, and suffer from weaker institutional support. It is suggested that to innovate successfully in this context, indigenous firms would benefit from focusing on managing their current knowledge base more efficiently. We know little about how knowledge management works outside developed economies and which knowledge governance mechanisms have more influence than others in the context of emerging economies. To address this gap, we explore how context may matter for the use of knowledge governance mechanisms and their effect on innovation performance in Brazilian firms. Using the survey data of 109 firms, structural equation modelling, and cluster analysis, our findings suggest that the joint application of knowledge-focused rewards, organizational design, and information and communication technologies that support knowledge processes is critical for boosting innovation performance. We discuss how the peculiarities of the Brazilian context may shape these findings. Our article contributes to the knowledge management and innovation literature by demonstrating that the joint effects of bundles of knowledge governance mechanisms and contextual variables should be explored in order to understand their impact on organizational outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-886
Number of pages30
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Brazil
  • context
  • innovation
  • knowledge governance mechanisms
  • knowledge management


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